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    I'm 19 yrs old and since I was 13 I've been pulling out my hair and eating it. I have no idea what it is, I don't think it's completely trichotillomania if I'm eating my hair as well. I pull hair from all over so I don't have noticeable bald patches, my hair has thinned greatly. I have no idea how to stop. It's embarassing and I find it hard to bring it up. Can something be done to help? I've tried wearing hats but it doesn't work.





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    im only 14 years old too , and im having the same problem . there must be somthing to help us .

    me too im 23 and have had this problem since i was 14, im not as bad as what i used to be, because i have my hands full with my little girl and i also have found a way not to pull by wearing hair extentions as this blocks the part where i normally pull and the hair is growing back, but i have found different parts to pull instead so i would like to know what i could do to stop pulling completly

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    hi am 17 and i am going bald i am not pulling my hair out it is just coming out some one told me if i got the snip the hair on my head would stop falling out is this true please help me





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    Hi Bill. Typically men who have high levels of the hormone testosterone generally have quite a bit of body hair. Strangely enough, the same chemical responsible for hair growth on the body can also cause hair to thin on the top of the head. The reason for this is because (for reasons still unknown to science) the hairs on the top of the head are sensitive to a chemical called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which is a form of testosterone. What happens next is that the hairs on the top of the head tend to go into the 'sleep' stage of their development, which means that the hair follicle will only produce thin, short, pale hairs. There are many treatments for this kind of hair thinning such as Rogaine, Procepia and Growthex. For example, Growthex works by putting the hair back in to the 'growth' phase so the hair follicle start producing thicker longer hairs. Have you tried any treatment?

    Hello everyone, I have a question about this condition. My wife has been pulling her hairh for about 6 months and she insists that there is some kind of insect that stick to the hair and makes her very itchy. She showed the hair to me to have a look but I did not see anything but dust or tiny tiny stuff that I think coming from cloth fabric.I even used a magnifying glass to look.Now there is not much hair on her head. I tried to convince her to go to the doctor but she said it was no use, noone saw any insects but her. So my question is : when you pull your hair out is it because it is itchy or you just want to pull the hair?? Please help me.





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    I pull mine out because I want to. tends to be when I'm sitting with nothing else to do; I seem to drift into it and use it to chill out.

    hi khan, it tends to be because of some stress/trauma or anxiety issue, maybe an unresovled issue from the past.. or just out of bordem, if a GP has confirmed that no insects are in the hair, she maybe imagining it, or she may be a sufferer of Trichotillomania, which has lots of unknown triggers, mainly traumas, sometimes just the feeling and need to pull that hair .. you should softly encourage your wife to just talk to a doctor, check for insects then, discuss the possibilities of her having trichotillomania in front of the doctor so that he/she can approach the subject proffesionally with her. she may even be unaware of her habit if she has trichotillomania and be in denial. hope ive been of help, wish you and your wife the best of luck ! :)

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    I am a 15 year old girl and i have blond hair, but i tend to get quite dark hair going down in a line on my belly. but its really getting me down. i know i cant shave it because it will leave stubble. i have tried pulling the more noticeable ones out with tweezers but its really painful and there are too many. i have thought about hair removal cream, but I'm worried that it will leave a really noticeable bald patch, so I'm stuck on ideas. what shall i do?





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    Sophie, I have exactly the same problem, I thought it was really quite abnormal but obviously not, thank goodness! I use hair removal cream because I find waxing too painful and ABSOLUTELY HATE SHAVING. Don't use tweezors or epilators because it's agony and can leave swelling too. Just use cream, it doesn't leave noticable bald patches at all. Make sure you follow the instructions exactly - leave it on too long and it will leave something similar to a shaving rash which is unsightly as well as hellishly uncomfortable. I advise mosturising afterwards with something non-scented or coloured (I use Vaseline) and if you do find yourself in any discomfort then Aloe Vera gel is the way to go. Hope this helps you out xxx

    im the same and i use hair removal cream but sread it thick on the harier bits and then thin it as i move away so that its not completely bald all over :D

    Hi iv been having trouble in pulling back my foreskin and its becoming a problom when I wash. My size is avrage so I don't know why its so tight. It also hurts when I try to pull it back. Iv tried everything pulling it back slowley but that don't work. PLZ help xc





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    Ay get some lotion and enjoy yourself ;)

    Honestly you are best getting in a warm bath a pulling it back slowly:-D

    I'm 14 next month. Since I was little I have been able to pull out strands / vhunks of hair without feeling any pain. I already have chunks missing from my eyelashes due to when I had chicken pox, and for the past couple of years I have been picking off mascara / eyeliner from my lashes, resulting in eyelashes being pulled out too! I've recently been pulling out large chunks of my hair when I'm bored / stressed or get this tingle which doesn't go until I majorly scratch / yank out myhair - giving me a huge sense of relief. A few of my friends notice I do this but dont understand / think of it as some (sick) game / fun joke. I also have majorly over-plucked my eyebrows and pluck hair from *down there*. I'm a self harmer, could this be linked? Is this trichotillomania? I just need answers.





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    Hi, i've got the same problem and i've found that traditional methods of dealing with obsessions (like yoga) didn't work for me. In fact it seemed that the more relaxed I got, the more I pulled hair out. What I did find that helped, however, was that when I am dog-tired from physical labor, i tend to pull out less hair. Also, I started making a chart of each and every hair I pulled out. I counted. For each strand of hair, I "lost" 10 points. And then, at the end of the day I added up all the points and had to do that many push-ups. Well, when I first started doing this, I pulled out handfuls at a time, and had to do like literally 250 (at the least) push-ups a night, which really tired me out (good) and retrained my brain not to pull them out. I do still pull, but while I previously pulled from all over my body, I now only pull from my scalp, and I pull far less hairs total. It's the worst when I'm stressed, because my hand will kind of jut wander up to my head and tease my hair until I pull one out. But using the push-up punishment, I actually stopped pulling for like a month, until I stopped having time to do pushups when i slipped up. Now, I mostly pull at night, when I'm stressed, or when this weird tingly feeling starts that can only be solved by really intense scratching or pulling out a bunch of hairs. If anybody's got better advise, I'd love to hear it. For me in particular, my trich started when I was maybe 10 or 11 and I began pulling out my eyelashes to make a wish. PARENTS: if you think your kid has trich, please, please take them to see a doctor. Do not ignore this. If they have a spot of hair that is mysteriously bald, or a different length than the others, hate when their hair gets messy, and will "fix it" at any cost, or have a sort of obsession with hair, or if you fond pieces of their hair randomly around the house, they probably have it. I just wonder if my life could have been changed if my mom or dad could have noticed, or put the clues together when I was young. But to be honest, I don't think they even know what trich is. :/

    I have had an ingrown hair down below for about a year now! I had no idea what it was at first, and was actually quite scared and embarressed to tell anyone. Months after it arised I got a new boyfriend, I have been with him 10 months now, but still feel so self concious when it comes to sex because it's just ugly and what not. Not only that - it hurts and gets irritated too. I realised it was an ingrown hair when a hair began to come out, i tried to get it out and it must have been longer than 2cm but it snapped and i couldnt help but think how does pulling it out help if its just going to grow back again. Anyway i left it that time, and after reading bits and bobs off the internet it seems the right thing to pull it out? Anyway i have tried this once more and i still have this large bump which is infected. Ive tried moisturiser, anti-septic hand cream, tried popping it lots and lots of times to make it go away, and tried not shaving for ages.. but nothing has worked. After having it a year now, i'm sure you can understand enough is enough and it should just go away! I can't stand going to the doctors but if i really have to go, i suppose i'll have to, but do they actually help???!





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    Try "in grow go" by Skin doctor. It's available from boots.It takes the very top layer of skin off and helps with ingrown hairs.You have to use it a few times a week and also soak yourself in the bath, and Exfoliate, LOADS!!!!

    It depends how deep it is & whether there is scarring under the skin. If it's not too deep & not spreading, just use one of the many ingrown-hair products available, exfoliate, & keep the spot clean (savlon/sudocream work well) & dry. If it's deep, try the OTC Boots magnesium sulphate paste. This will draw the infection out. IF there is scarring & it's affecting your social life go to the doctor & demand the minor operation to remove it. Hope this helps.

    Hi I have been pulling my hair and eye lashes out when my nana died when I was about 12 and I cant stop and I am 16 now. Can someone please help me becuase I need to stop to help me with me with what I want to do when I am older. One time I did have false nails on and that helped be because it was hard to pull my eyelashes out.





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    i have this problem aswell i have no eye lashes and when they grow back i still pull them out i dont know how it started and i want to stop but cant!

    I am 22 years old and have been struggling with a sharp, pulling pain in my knees every so often. It can range from picking something up off the ground to, most recently having to come off injured during a football game. What is the likely cause of this sharp, pulling pain and how do I treat it? This has been bothering me for up to 2/3 years.





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    I have an obsession with chewing things, since I was tiny, plastic, metal (in fact I was once in hospital for having swallowed an earring) my fingernails, I've taken to pulling out strands of hair and chewing them(and swallowing), for a couple of years now, sometimes from my head, but especially my eyelids, it's becoming obvious, I'm 19 now but when I was younger I was a self harmer... are they connected?





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    Its good to know that am not the only person suffering from hair pulling.Im 17 and i've been pulling my hair since i was 9, my friends don't even know that i pull my hair because i always wear hair extentions, when my parents found out i was pulling my hair they thought i had dandruff or ithcy scalp thats why i was pulling it. this has brought my confidence down because my friends are always asking to see my real hair. sometimes i stop for like a week and then i start pulling again when am bored or stressed.i've been to the GP and he's has never heard of Trichotillomania. i really hope that i can find help or treatment.





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    I am 22 and have been pulling for as long as I can remember. It started off with my eyelashes but over the years I have started pulling my eyebrows and pubic hair as well. Growing up I didn't feel I could tell anyone why I had bald eyelids which made me feel abnormal and segregated, but now my family do know it's just as hard as I can see it annoys/upsets them to see me pulling. I have looked for help groups but most information focuses on head hair pulling, as if people who pull hair from other parts of their body don't suffer as much. I hate what I do, and have pulled so much now that the hair will never fully grow back. I have tried everything I can think of but nothing seems to work. Any help or support suggestions would be greatly appreciated.





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    I have been pulling my since I was 14 I'm now 32 I've been my doctor countless times and I have had no help ive got waist lenght as I can't get it cut due to the damage ive done I've only got about 40 per cent of my own hair left I'm really at my wits end wot do I next please help me!! Good to here from others in my situation and I'm not alone as I've felt for the last 19 years

    I´m 29 and have been pulling since about 11years old. It started with my eyelashes and that is the main thing now though i do pull my eyebrows and pubic hair also. I´ve only just admitted it to family. When i was a teenager my mum took me to the doctors but i never said i pulled out my eyelashes, i made out it must be an allergy to mascara. I´ve just been to the doctors again and he´s going to speak to a pshychologist and i have to go back later this month. My partner thinks its stupid and shouts at me everytime my hand is near my eyes. I´m fed up of having bald eyelids and worrying they won´t grow back, but they feel spiky and i have to pull them out. Everyone seems to have long beautiful eyelashes and i just want them too. I actually grew them last year but when i started a new job i pulled them all out in one night, i hate doing it and want to stop.

    Your little boy does not need you to find him embarrasing, he needs your help and support. If you do not address this asap then it may be something he suffers from for his whole life. Also it does not hurt when you pull ht ehair out - you almost hypnotise yourself and the pulling is not painful. It is comforting. Consider finding a way that he can be comforted other than the pulling. Also does the hair pulling mean he gets more attention?If so it may be the attention he craves and he should be given attention but not in relation to thepulling. He should not be able to associate getting attention with the hair pulling. Good luck. Do not ignore the problem.

    Sarah, how did you manage to stop pulling your hair out? My family members and boyfriend are always asking me to stop pulling my hair but I don't know how. I've tried sitting on my hands to stop them from pulling at the hair on my head but I usually forget myself and do it anyway.





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    I started pulling my hair out when i was 6 years old, i developed a noticeably bald patch so i had all my hair cut very short and this stopped me from pulling however when 17 years old it started again. My hair was awful, bald patches, thin, i just couldn't stop. My Doctor did refer me to have psychotherapy which stopped me pulling for about about 6 months. I have had several full sessions (approx 10) of hypnosis and again this stopped me pulling for approx 9/10 months.However it always came back. I too have been on anti-depressants but these made no difference. I have now not pulled my hair for 2.5 years - so there is hope, again I cut all my hair really short and this time it worked, I haven't touched it since and my hair is now long and thick. My hair pulling stemmed from periods of stress and anxiety and then became a habit, however not sure if this is a link but i was/am intolerent to numerous foods ie Gluten/diary and this was the main cause of my anxiety and depression, since avoiding these foods the anxiety has nearly all gone.





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    Hi,I been pulling my hair 9years .from 2month I stop 99%my short hair was perfect last week I had very bad news I pull on top ,I fill so bad I put my scarf again,but I promised my self Ian going to do it again be strong be happy stay away from sadness control ur rutine,trust me u will be100%out of pulling,imaging to try for six month non pulling.trust me u can do it it's you no body else can help u.

    Hi Andi, I eat my hair follicles too and I enjoy hurting myself when pulling my legs hair using tweezers! I keep pulling my hair and pubic haird. I just cant stop and dunno what to do too. I've not been in any treatment and was abused when I was 10 and mom wont believe me, I'm 21 now and I still do it and I dont live w/ mom anymore.

    Hi i am 22, i have been pulling my hair out since i was in my early teens, i only managed to get my courage three weeks ago to see my doctor. My doctor referred me for therapy. I haven't seen anyone yet to try and help with this. I am constantly pulling my hair out, i have three bald patches. which are now comking hard to hide with my hair, i am to embarrassed to even go to the hairdressers to get my hair done. Don't know what i can do, nothing i do seems to be helping me.





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    Im 14,i have mixed (afro and european hair mix) hair and i used to tie my hair back really tight and that resulted in one side of my hair falling out... now where the area is aggrevated by the tight pulling i found myself pulling out the hair, to the extent one side of my head the hair is very sparse and has a bald margin curving from the front of my head round my ear to my neck. i also have sore patches that i find myself pulling at, at the back of my head, right at the bottom by my neck. i also find myself tugging at my eyebrows which i try to not do when i realise im doing it, like with my hair, when i realise, i stop because it has become noticable on my hair and lowers my self confidence. But now on an embarrassing bodies episode i saw a case about this and it was reassuring that it was an actual condition and im not alone. I have now shaved one sideof my hair, which many people are doing to keep in fashion, but i am re-growing that side of my hair.





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    I had tricholtillomania and i think i have beaten it as i dont have the urge to pull out my hair, I think this is because a family member spotted that i was pulling out my hair and helped me to stop doing it. My hair has grown back but sometimes i have epidemics and i want to start pulling hair out again, Is that normal?. I thought i was the only one that had Tricholtillomania and i use to get really scared and upset but after watching this programme im not so worried about it.





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    ive been pulling my hair for the last 25 years ever since i was a baby my head was covered in bald patches. ive seen many doctors and specialists and nothing helped until i heard of the lucinda ellery salon yes they are expensive but u can get funding on the nhs i had hair extensions put in and as the hair wasnt mine i didnt get the same satisfaction out of pulling my hair and all the hair grew back. also i found a tablet called inositol which u can buy from holland adn barrett also reuced the urge to pull





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    I began pulling out eyelashes aged 9, loved the feel of the bristles growing in and the tug when a lash came out. Mum noticed when I started on my fringe, took me to the GP, but in those days (60s)it was treated as if they had fallen out-nobody asked if I was pulling them out. But I didn't want anyone to notice, so stopped, until underarm hair grew, a good substitute which I still pull and especially tweezer out. I don't eat the hair, but prefer strong hair with a dark bulbous root. I see this as harmless, but know I'm lucky to be able to keep it secret and to avoid head hair, nails etc. At 57, I must be the person who's done this the longest, and all that ever helped me was being able to transfer pulling to "unwanted" hair, win-win I think. Must be the only woman who wants her underarm hair to grow darker and faster! But these comments make me see that my case is mild, just very well established. Please do NOT email me if I get a reply.





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    Hi, I am 61 yrs old, I started pulling my hair at age 26 within 2 yrs. of marriage. My hair was long and thick, but my head stayed sore in spots and I would go after the hair in the sore spot,pulling strand by strand and it would be like on out side my body not feeling any pain from the pull and this would last for hours.After coming out of the trans or daze then I would realize the damage I had done and the pain it would cause me to know I had done this. At age 40 I cut off what hair I had left and started going natural which lasted for some yrs, stopped pulling my hair and it grew long and thick once more.5 yrs. ago I started back with a vengence and I have a Bozo affect going on, my hair won't grow in at the top now,damaged follicles,wearing a wig again and I am very depress, angry at myself and when I look at me I see ugliness.Tired of Dr.





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    Hi, I am nearly 59 years old and have been pulling out my hair since I was 10. My dad died at this time which I feel started this condition. For many years I always had large bold areas, around my ears, fringe area and the crown of the head. Over time I have learned to live with it and got very clever at hiding my condition. I have had cognative therapy some 4 years ago as I went out of control with hair pulling when my husband died. The treatment helped me come to terms with the deaths but I can't say it had any impact on stopping the hair pulling. Over the years I have tried wearing gloves, hair nets, hats, sitting on hands etc but it just make me feel more frustrated. I find if I have the need to pull then get up and do something, make a coffee or go for a walk as this distraction takes away the urge to pull. I still do it, can't really see a cure, being with other people helps as I don't want to be seen pulling out my hair. Applying hair spray also helps me.





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    when i was about 8 years old i pulled my eyelashes out and then i stopped doing that and i am now 13 and i have started pulling my hair out of my crown and now that bit of my head is bold and i have started pulling my hair out from the side of my head and now i cant have my hair down anymore because i am embarrised somebody will see my bold patch and i just dont know how to stop. however i pull my hair out because i think it feels nice and now my hair is very thin :(





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    im a 22 years ild and i have been pulling my hair out and twiddling in between my fingers sine i was about 13. i am noticing strands growing back thinner and my hair is alot thinner then it ever was. i have had enough of this hair pulling but cant seem to stop. any advice woul;d be welcome





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    Hey I'm 16 I've been pulling my hair for quite a few months now, when I was younger I went through a phase of pulling at my eyelashes. I somehow managed to stop this but then not much later resorted to pulling my hair, I've had no major stress in my life so I don't know what triggered it.I quite enjoy the feeling as well so I don't feel guilty when doing it. But after when out in public I feel the bald-ing patches on the front of my hair are really obvious, especially when the wind blows it. It'd be lovely to know how other people can stop themselves doing it. My friends and parents keep telling me to just stop, they really don't realise how hard it is to do so and I know it just sounds pathetic. Good luck to everyone else with this problem though! xx





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    I have been pulling my hair out for 7 years since I was 7 although I was traumatized by my Dad dying at around that time. I'm mostly an eyelash puller but what helps is keeping your hands busy so they don't have a chance of subconsciously pulling hair out,





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    i think i have trichohtillomania it strated by pulling pubic hair out about a year ago and now it has progressed to pulling hair on my head for about 7 months now, at one point it was really bad after the loss of a family member, i would sit and pull out big clumps of hair most of the day, i have tried to stop, but i cannot, i just get the erge to pull, it is not as bad now, but there is still signs as my hair is thin on top and a bit wonkey at the fringe. i dont want to go to the doctors, as i am too embarrassed, i have not told anybody about it, my excuse for the baldness is its my eczemea and it itchy and i itch it and it falls out. i try to disguise it by gelling up my hair so its barely unrecognisable.





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    I have been pulling my hair out on my head since I was around 11. The only trigger i can think is that I was been teased at school for being too tall. It wasnt until my mom noticed a bald patch that I realised I was donig it. I have done it in peroids since that age and I am now 22. I am worried my hair wont grow back if I continue, but as my boyfriend noticed, even when im sat on the sofa watching tv he said I cant keep my hands still and constantly playing and pulling at my hair. The really weird thing is I try to get the strong hairs out because they have the biggest roots and run the hair through my teeth after and remove the hair from the root. I went to my GP once who was actually very rude about it and asked me ''wnat do you want me to do about it'' I told her I didnt know how to stop and thats why I was there and she replied ''DO YOU WANT ANTI DEPRESSANTS?'' I was so angry as I didnt think I was deppesed from the age of 11, I am a bubbly livley person I just cant stop pulling my hair out! I dont know why and i always feel guilty after doing it but I cant see how anyone can stop me doing it, its an 11 year habit after all... HELP





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    This sounds very much like me, same process for hair pulling-thick hair with root, I notice I do it when watching TV, waiting in traffic, when i'm stressed anxious or bored. I managed to stop for a while by recording how many hairs i was pulling, it made me aware how badly I was doing it, and when I was doing it so that made me able to resist. I started again when I went through a relationship breakdown, but i am trying to stop again now as I am becoming aware if a patch on my head where the hair is a lot shorter, which means i worry when people go near my hair, when I'm getting ready to go out and doing my hair in front of friends, and I avoid having my hair cut as i am too embarrassed. I started when was about 14 I think as i reacted badly to my grandmother dying, I want to stop as I am very conscious of it even though other people don't seem to notice. You are not alone don't worry, I thought i was strange for it and then realised through different websites that it is actually far more common than I ever knew! I spoke to a counsellor at my old college and she said she didnt think i was depressed and that the doctor would probably just try and fob me off with drugs, as demonstrated by your doctor!! she thinks talking to a counsellor will help as will relieve stress and worries so reduce the need for me to do it. may be worth a try!? hope this helps and good luck!! :)

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